72 F. average high on May 25.
79 F. high on May 25, 2014.
.19" rain fell Monday at KMSP.
May 25, 1862: Hail the size of "hickory nuts" falls on the Dakota Mission in Renville County.
"All weather, like politics, is local." Most of the time people only care about the weather floating above their homes, parks, lakes and commutes. That's pretty obvious. And in a perfect world we would issue hundreds of thousands of forecasts - for every town, village, dale, bog, zip code and GPS location in Minnesota. Everyone would be looking at something different, based on location and a host of other factors. No more one-size-fits-all weather.
That point was driven home on Saturday. Weather in the metro was gray, cool and "meh" but up north skies were glorious; postcard-perfect.
The 7-Day below (and on every local TV station) is weighted for the Twin Cities, where most of us live. But a span of only 5-25 miles can make a huge difference with the forecast. Phone apps will help but I suspect people will always respond to stories. They'll want to know why.
Minnesota dries out from west to east today but heavy showers linger from La Crosse to Eau Claire. We hit 80F later in the week before cooling down and drying out next weekend. Sunscreen should be required both days.
I could see a 90-degree high next week with a few severe storms popping.
The drought is fading fast.
Photo credit above: "In this aerial photo a barn with a Texas flag painted on its roof is surrounded by water near Martindale, Texas, after the San Marcos River flooded, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Record rainfall was wreaking havoc across a swath of the U.S. Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people to flee." (Rodolfo Gonzalez/Austin American-Statesman via AP).
Photo credit above: Ramiro Gomez, Reuters.
According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), May 2014 to April 2015 is the joint-warmest 12-month period in 136 years.
Those figures could rise further if the weather phenomenon known as El Nino continues to intensify, as scientists RTCC has spoken to believe it will.
- See more at: http://www.rtcc.org/2015/05/21/el-nino-likely-to-ensure-2015-breaks-warming-records/#sthash.ALmaQ1Uu.dpuf
Photo credit above: "I was out in the Arches National Park to take night pictures, but the clouds moved in. I waited for about two hours in the car and finally the sky cleared and I got this image." Photograph and caption by Manish Mamtani/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.
TODAY: Showers south/east of MSP. Winds: NW 5-10. High: 71
TUESDAY NIGHT: Clearing and comfortable. Low: 59
WEDNESDAY: Warm, sticky sunshine - hints of early July. High: 83
THURSDAY: Humid, few PM storms. Dew point: 62. Wake-up: 63. High: 82
FRIDAY: Showers, possible thunder. Wake-up: 64. High: 74
SATURDAY: Slow clearing, breezy and cooler. Wake-up: 56. High: 66
SUNDAY: Sunnier, milder day of weekend. Wake-up: 50. High: 72
MONDAY: Hazy sun, heating up. Wake-up: 55. High: 77